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Ghost Wall

Ghost Wall

Sarah Moss

Teenage Silvie and her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is a difficult man, obsessed with imagining and enacting the harshness of Iron Age life. Haunting Silvie's...

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The Feather Thief

The Feather Thief

Kirk Wallace Johnson

One summer evening in 2009, twenty-year-old musical prodigy Edwin Rist broke into the Natural History Museum at Tring, home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world. Once inside, Rist grabbed as many rare bird...

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The Little Virtues

The Little Virtues

Natalia Ginzburg, Dick Davis

An extraordinary collection of 11 essays by Natalia Ginzburg, one of the most important Italian writers of the twentienth century. Originally published in the 1960s, Ginzburg's wisdom and poetically resonant style ensure these...

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Semicolon

Semicolon

Cecelia Watson

A biography of a much misunderstood punctuation mark and a call to arms in favour of clear expression and against stifling grammar rules.    

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Living In Hope

Living In Hope

Frank Byrne, Frances Coughlan, Gerard Waterford

A memoir of boyhood by a man who was removed as a child - from country, from culture and language, from family, from his mother.  

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Geoffrey Trousselot

A beautiful, moving story about a small Japanese cafe that offers its visitors the chance to travel back in time, to find an answer to the question: what would you change if you could go back?

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Beauty

Beauty

Bri Lee

In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many

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The Overstory

The Overstory

Richard Powers

2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winnerShortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018, a wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe.'The best novel ever...

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An American Marriage

An American Marriage

Tayari Jones

The stunning and heart-breaking New York Times bestseller

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Metropolis (Bernie Gunther Book 14)

Metropolis (Bernie Gunther Book 14)

Philip Kerr

Berlin detective Bernie Gunther bows out at last in the 14th and final instalment of this internationally bestselling and award-winning series featuring 'one of the greatest anti-heroes ever written'

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Motherhood

Motherhood

Sheila Heti

Motherhood treats one of the most consequential decisions of early adulthood - whether or not to have children - with the intelligence, wit and originality that have won Sheila Heti international acclaim.

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 Read reviewNormal People

Normal People

Sally Rooney

The feverishly anticipated second novel from the young author of 2017's most acclaimed debut Conversations with Friends.

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 Read reviewKilling Commendatore

Killing Commendatore

Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel, Ted Goossen

But then he discovers a strange painting in the attic and unintentionally begins a strange journey of self-discovery that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt and a...

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The Ruin

Dervla McTiernan

The Ruin is the first in an exciting new crime series featuring DI Cormac Reilly.  

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Evening in Paradise: More Stories

Lucia Berlin

From the author of A Manual for Cleaning Women: a collection of previously un-compiled stories from the short-story master and literary sensation Lucia Berlin.    

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 Read reviewYou Think It, I'll Say It

You Think It, I’ll Say It

Curtis Sittenfeld

A dazzling, smart and razor-sharp story collection by Curtis Sittenfeld, Sunday Times bestselling author of Eligible and American Wife. 

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh

FROM THE MAN BOOKER-SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF EILEENTHE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Savage, funny, frequently on the verge of teetering into lunacy... My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a non-negotiable in your holiday carry-on this...

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The Lost Man

Jane Harper

Three brothers, one death, no answers... For readers who loved The Dry and Force of Nature, Jane Harper once again creates a powerful story of suspense, set against a dazzling landscape.

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Dark Emu

Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe

Contradicts the conventional wisdom that native peoples were primitive hunter-gatherers

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The Secrets She Keeps

The Secrets She Keeps

Michael Robotham

The bestselling psychological thriller that will break your heart into tiny pieces, from world-renowned author Michael Robotham.

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